Study Groups 2020-2021

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New Teacher Underground West


Incorporating the name and work of New York’s Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) New Teacher Underground project and continuing the tradition of Teachers 4 Social Justice study groups…

New Teacher Underground West is a social space for newer and recently certified teachers of color in their early years of teaching (1-3 years) to find support from experienced educators to build an analysis and be a part of a collective that focuses on social justice education in San Francisco. Through political education and sharing our stories, we strive to be empowered both in and out of the classroom. In each session we will build community, give and take advice, problem solve, do some political education, and have fun.New Teacher Underground West will meet the first Thursday of every month from 5:00pm-7:00pm in San Francisco. First gathering is 5pm, Thursday Sept. 5th, 2019.

This group is open to teachers in their first to third year of teaching who identify as people of color. Please commit to coming to all the sessions. Space is limited.

RSVP by 5pm, Sunday, Sept. 1st, 2019 so we can have the appropriate amount of food and materials. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Book Club

Teachers in this group will use literature and the discussions of this literature as a basis for rethinking their actions in the classroom. Teachers will alternate reading Young Adult fiction and scholarly non-fiction. We will gather to hold a structured discussion using a protocol that allows every voice to be heard and every topic or question a participant brings to be examined. As an educator book club, we’ll make what could be difficult to do solo engaging, collaborative, reflective and fun.  Space is limited, people of color encouraged to apply.

Writing Group

This writing group will be for educators who want to write and need the space to write. We will meet monthly on Wednesdays starting in November in San Francisco. Writers can write curriculum, articles, their own YA novel, or whatever they are holding. We will spend the first hour writing and the second hour sharing our work. Currently accepting new members.

H.E.L.L.A Teachers of Color East Bay Study Group –
(H)ealing (E)mpowerment (L)ove (L)iberation (A)ction

This critical racial affinity group explores critical theories such as community cultural wealth, radical healing, intersectionality and critical race theory by learning from and building with other school and community practitioners of color who are committed to putting these frameworks into praxis. The study group is centered and driven by educators of color and is intended to build on the leadership strengths, critical analyses, racially diverse experiences / testimonios, and pedagogical creativity of classroom & community based educators who are dedicated to working in solidarity w/ students and communities in under-served, culturally & linguistically diverse schools.

East Bay Radical Reading Group

We will be focused on building community and engaging in critical scholarship. We will follow monthly themes and hold short, complex texts in conversation in order to push our own analysis and understanding of social justice and education. Examples of themes include trauma and healing, challenging deficit thinking and decolonizing education. Our intention is to build a community that prioritizes the needs and perspectives of people of color. We welcome community- based educators, classroom teachers and organizers to join us. Meetings will be held in Albany, California.